Yukon Women in Mining Launches Innovative Virtual Yukon Mining Program
Whitehorse, Yukon – In the face of COVID-19 and the unprecedented challenges the pandemic means for all Yukoners, Yukon Women in Mining (YukonWIM) has adapted its previously planned mining advocacy and educational programming to accommodate the vital self-isolation and physical distancing requirements in the territory, while still providing constructive opportunities within the industry for Yukon youth.
Informed through Government of Yukon’s COVID-19 public communications and thrice-weekly updates, YukonWIM has innovatively strategized within Yukoners’ new reality how best to profile and celebrate all those who ensure mining, metals and minerals contribute to our territory and therefore our economic recovery during, and leading out of, this crisis.
To this end, events planned by YukonWIM for 2020 Yukon Mining Week, and more specifically the volunteer organization’s previously announced Mining Days program in communities, will now be offered and delivered virtually to Yukoners with a focus on students.
“YukonWIM, in collaboration with leaders in exploration and mining, is working diligently with many orders of government to help us all better appreciate why mining has been determined an essential service,” says YukonWIM Founder and President Anne Turner. “First and foremost, we must ensure the health and safety of Yukon residents and communities, while creating opportunities to encourage, empower, educate and elevate the next generation to participate in one of Yukon’s founding economies.”
Specifically, online activities and resources will be available to teachers through Yukon Education, and all Yukoners through social media and traditional print outlets. Examples include navigating from your community to a local mineral project through the Virtual Invest Yukon platform and getting outside safely and connecting with the many facets of exploration and mining that include awareness of wildlife, lands and waters and our territory’s unparalleled geological potential.
The complete YukonWIM – Virtual Yukon Mining Week 2020 programming will be available and further announced in the coming weeks on YukonWIM’s Facebook page and updated web site to launch the week of April 20.